On September 30, 2018, Lisa Marie (Steffen) and Christian Lee Perry were excited to learn the Perry family was going to expand. On January 23, 2019, the Perry baby was named. Her name was Matilda, which means warrior. From early on, Matilda was very active, feisty and seemed to have a mind of her own. She seemed to be a warrior from the start. On February 4, 2019, it was confirmed that Matilda was diagnosed with Edward’s Syndrome. This genetic disorder took Matilda’s life prior to being born on June 5, 2019.
Matilda is survived by her parents, Christian and Lisa Perry of Waverly, Iowa; a four-year-old brother, Weston; a two-year-old sister, Elizabeth; maternal grandparents, Bob and Wendy Steffen of Dewar; paternal grandmothers, Susan Perry of Waverly and Floralyn Groff of Cedar Falls; paternal great-grandmother, Lois (Penny) Brown of Cedar Falls; maternal great-grandparents, Margaret Steffen of Dunkerton and Alice and James Wright of Dewar; great-great-grandmother, Christina Freund of Staceyville; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Dave Perry; paternal great-grandfather, Edward Brown; and maternal great-grandfather, Cletus Steffen.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019, at St. Francis Catholic Church - Barclay in Dunkerton, with Father Jeff Dole officiating. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Readlyn. There will be a vigil following the visitation. Memorials may be directed to the family and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Readlyn is assisting the family. 319-279-3551
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